With the recent easing of restrictions by both the British and Scottish Governments, Rally the Globe are delighted to announce that they are moving to the next phase of planning to get “back on the road” with the brand new Highland Thistle Rally in early October. The Scottish Government plan to open Scotland for tourism from 15th July, and our recce team will be on the road shortly after to finalise the detailed arrangements around the stunning route.
As we have all learnt, caution and care are still required, and we will continue to follow guidelines issued by the relevant authorities to reduce risks as much as possible. We are assessing which aspects of the event may need to be modified in order to comply with the social distancing advice may be in place at the time. It is likely that the pre-event Scrutineering and Signing-on procedures will be a little different to usual and may involve use of your tablet or smartphone. Hotel check-in procedures will have less personal contact and it may not be possible to have group dinners every night. Although we will still be using our experienced marshalling teams, you may not see their smiling faces behind the masks, and they are unlikely to scrawl on your time card.
The entry list is filling up nicely and is displayed here . Our hotel options limit the number of cars we can take, so anyone interested in joining us should sign up before it is too late. If Covid restrictions return and it is no longer possible to run the event, we will reimburse in full any entry fees that have been paid.
We have also been keeping a keen eye on the easing of travel restrictions across Europe and are hopeful that before the end of July another recce team will be making their first exploration of the route for next summer’s Ypres to Istanbul Challenge.
There has been a lot of enthusiastic interest in our new Generations event that takes place in March next year. With the emphasis on introducing a new Generation to our sport, many families have entered two cars so that sibling rivalry is sure to be intense. But there’s no need to keep it in the family as we also welcome crews of cross-generational friends and as there is no official FIA Genealogist we can apply our own definition of a Generation!
As we emerge from this pandemic, we are all looking forward to getting Back on the Road, and hope to see you there soon.